Schools move to later start times

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Sleep is essential for everyone, but for years, middle and high schoolers haven’t been getting enough of it.

Now the Webster Central School District is looking to make a change: Swapping school start times to allow more “ZZZs” for students to get more “As” and “Bs.”

Currently at Klem Road South Elementary, they start school at 9 a.m. But if the school start times do end up switching, they could start as early as 7:45 a.m.

“The science says it makes sense for older kids to sleep longer and start school later,” says Superintendent Carmen Gumina.

Gumina, the superintendent for Webster CSD, says middle and high school age students would start around 8:30  or 8:45. But why now?

“The number one health concern for our kids (not just in Webster, but across the county and state) is anxiety, stress and depression,” explains Gumina. “With that in mind… what can we do to help our students with that?”

“If you look at what the ideal amount of sleep is, almost no  teenager is getting that much sleep,” says Dr. Heidi Connolly. “The ideal is 9 to 9.5 hours.”

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